The Publishers’ Association of SA (Pasa) has warned of the negative economic impact on the industry resulting from far-reaching amendments to the Copyright Act. One of these is that revenue and employment would decline, according to a study undertaken by PwC for the association. The study envisaged a weighted average decline in sales of 33% or R2.1bn, along with an increase in imports and a fall in exports. Pasa commissioned the study in the absence of a socio-economic impact assessment of the proposed amendments by the government. Parliament’s trade and industry portfolio committee is currently holding public hearings on the Copyright Amendment Bill. Of particular concern to publishers are the exceptions from copyright of material used for educational purposes. This could possibly entitle educational institutions, such as schools and universities, to copy entire books without having to pay a licence fee to the copyright rights holder. Under existing licences from publishers, academ...

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